Portland, OR - Oct. 04, 1997
La Luna (capacity: 1050)
|Summary by Scott Shelley
The Portland show was my third in three nights, and because of the small size of the club, everyone waiting outside seemed far more excited than in Vancouver or Seattle. The energy of the crowd was apparent even before Elcka appeared onstage. When Bowies Fame began, the precursor to their set, the crush became almost unbearable. I was very surprised at the warm reception that they received, with several people reaching up to touch Harrold as he was singing. near the end of the set, he proclaimed that Portland was his favourite show to date.
Morrissey took the stage just before eleven PM. The crowd on the floor was in an absolute frenzy. he was very talkative during this show, asking the crowd if we were bored shitless (a commonly asked question during this tour, it seems), introducing a song that was deemed unworthy for the American market...when people screamed out Sunny, he said it seems you know it, and asking which British bands had flown through lately... screams of Seahorses, Mansun and Catherine Wheel flew through the air until Mozzer held out the microphone for several people to answer. After Boy Racer, he introduced himself as Marilyn Manson, following it up with that wasn't funny, but here is something that is, breaking into Alma Matters. this show was Morrissey at his best. during the last song, Teachers, I asked to be pulled out of the front, so that I could try to meet him after the show. I ran out to the bus while he played his encore, but security around the venue was too great. Morrissey ran to the bus wearing a gray golfers cap, without as much as a hello. still, I was fortunate enough to get his signature on my gold record for Sunny - we interviewed Elcka before the show, and he got the autograph for me. All in all, it was an amazing experience which could only have been improved upon by a face to face meeting.
Summary by Kurt
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